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The Cruise Missile From Hell

The Cruise Missile From Hell

It’s 1955, and the United States and the
Soviet Union are locked in the deadly embrace that’ll come to be known as the Cold War. Just five and a half years ago the Soviet
Union shocked the world by detonating their own atomic bomb, a feat achieved by the infiltration
of the American Manhattan Project by Klaus Fuchs, a Soviet spy. Originally vetted by the British, Fuchs had
penetrated the British atomic bomb project known as Tube Alloys in 1941 and was eventually
shipped to the US in 1944 to work on the American bomb. Now the two superpowers are jockeying for
global leadership, and for many in the highest ranks of their respective militaries and governments,
an ultimate confrontation between Communism and Capitalism is all but inevitable. In this truly final world war, it will be
atomic bombs that determine the winner. Both superpowers have achieved a balance of
sorts however, with the Soviet Union and its communist bloc allies achieving ground superiority
through their far superior numbers in tanks and infantry. With West Germany, France, and Britain still
reeling from the destruction of World War II, the United States has countered with a
massive European reconstruction plan, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars in aid money
into Europe- even to its former enemies in Western Germany. Ten years after the end of World War II, the
democracies of Europe are finally on their feet again, American taxpayers funding much
of the reconstruction of nations devastated by the most destructive war in history. The West’s economic might is backed up by
American nuclear power, and its arsenal of nuclear weapons is keeping the Soviet Union
and its hordes of tanks at bay. America’s Strategic Air Command has nuclear
bombers on constant patrol over the north pole, twenty four hours a day, seven days
a week, ready to move to their failsafe points at the slightest provocation from the Soviet
Union. Since World War II the United States has become
the world leader in aeronautics, and it enjoys the benefits of a fleet of long-range bombers
which can strike deep into Soviet territory. The Soviets lack an adequate long-range bomber
with the lift capacity to carry nuclear weapons into American territory, and thus their focus
instead turns towards rocketry. Under the guise of scientific discovery, both
nations have undertaken an intense effort to develop ever more advanced rockets, but
Soviet engineering and know-how is far ahead of the Americans and in 1957 the Soviet Union
trumps the United States’ best efforts by launching sputnik, the first manmade satellite. While the world marvels at the tiny beach-ball
sized artificial moon orbiting the earth, American defense officials are in a near full-blown
panic. Not only have the Soviets proven they have
better, more capable, and more reliable rockets than the Americans, but that they may very
soon be able to place nuclear warheads on their rockets. In that case, America’s single advantage in
the nuclear arms race- its fleet of long-range bombers- would be all but nullified as nuclear-armed
rockets would be far faster and completely indefensible against. The Soviets would have a first-strike capability
that could put the US out of action before it can mount a response. While SAC’s long-range alert bomber fleet
would still incinerate a dozen or more Soviet cities, it would be the US who would be the
clear loser in a nuclear war. Even worse, the sophistication of putting
a satellite into orbit hints at the capacity to build advanced guided missiles which could
shoot down SAC’s bombers long before they got to their targets. Efforts to develop advanced rockets are immediately
doubled, and the US at last takes the space race seriously. However, some defense planners are now looking
at SAC’s twenty four seven bomber fleet with a skeptical eye, and determine that the United
States needs a far more survivable nuclear deterrent. Submarines have long been thought of as ideal
nuclear platforms given their incredible stealthiness and difficulty in neutralizing, yet development
of sub-launched nuclear weapons depends entirely on the US’s rocketry program. In the meantime, a new weapon is needed that
addresses the key vulnerabilities of the SAC’s nuclear alert bomber fleet: their relatively
slow speed and their vulnerability to interception. Attention is turned to one of America’s ongoing
bleeding-edge and highly secret scientific endeavors, a program known as Project Pluto. The aim of Project Pluto is to dramatically
increase the speed of American nuclear bombers through the use of nuclear-assisted ramjet
engines. Originally designed in 1919, ramjet engines
are incredibly simple devices with no moving parts. While in a regular jet engine a fan is used
to compress incoming air, which is then ignited and forced out the rear to produce thrust,
a ramjet engine uses the aircraft’s own forward motion to compress the incoming air using
a ‘stovepipe’ like opening which funnels the high-speed air into a small area. This compresses and superheats the air, which
then requires nothing more than the injection of fuel and exposure to a flame to ignite
and produce extremely high velocity exhaust. Capable of speeds up to Mach 6, or 4,600 mph
(7,400 km/h), the ramjet is an ideal choice for increasing the speed of America’s bomber
fleet. Yet at such extreme speeds the bomber would
disintegrate, and so the ramjet was changed tracks to serve as an engine for smaller,
unmanned vehicles such as missiles. This is where Project Pluto stepped in, and
saw the potential in using ramjet engines to completely replace SAC’s nuclear fleet
with a fleet of unmanned nuclear missiles. By using a nuclear reactor as a fuel source,
the ramjet-equipped unmanned missiles could fly for months, possibly even for years, and
were largely limited only by the durability of the materials used in their construction. In a typical ramjet a highly reactive fuel
is constantly squirted into the super heated and compressed air much the same as in a regular
jet engine, so while a ramjet is exponentially more reliable than a mechanical jet engine
and has a performance that only increases with acceleration, it has the same basic limitation
in endurance that a regular engine has: it can only fly as far and as long as it has
a supply of fuel for. Project Pluto however sought to break this
limitation by installing a large missile with a miniature nuclear reactor, with the intense
heat of the reactor itself superheating the incoming air until it was expelled with so
much force that it provided thrust. No fuel would be needed, and the missile could
fly for as long as the reactor held out. In 1957 the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
began serious study of the nuclear ramjet idea. First they would need to shrink the size of
existing nuclear reactors considerably, from the size of a small locomotive to about that
of an average car. The flight reactor would need a power output
greater than 500 megawatts, but to prove that the concept could work a reactor was first
built with a power output of 155 megawatts. This reactor could heat incoming air to a
temperature of 1976 degrees Fahrenheit (1080 C). This was well in excess of the 1004 degree
Fahrenheit (540 C) required to sustain flight. The nuclear ramjet, insane as it sounded,
could actually work. To test the engine under realistic conditions
though a huge test facility was constructed at Jackass Flats in Nevada. The facility would include a mile of oil well
casing pipe to store 119,050 pounds (54000 kg) of air compressed at 245 atmospheres. Before entering the engine, the air was then
heated by passing through a specially designed vessel containing 500 tons of ball bearings
superheated by a gas furnace. The engine was then able to be run at full
power for up to one minute, and in this and subsequent tests through 1961 the only issue
discovered was some minor cracking of the ceramic fuel rods. Soon tests began on the Tory II-C, the first
full-scale flight-weight reactor capable of sustained speeds at low altitude of Mach 3. Tory II-C was tested extensively in the Nevada
desert, and proved that it was more than capable of sustaining extremely high speed flight
at low altitudes for months at a time. Representing an incredible breakthrough in
materials technology, the Tory II-C was one of the great, and most secretive, technological
breakthroughs of the Cold War, and for the first time a nuclear reactor was shrunk to
a size small enough to fit on an aircraft. Development of the missile itself was immediately
approved to several sub contractors. The SLAM missile as it would come to be known
would be America’s chief nuclear deterrent. It would be stored on American missile bases
safely out of reach of Soviet bombers and launched only in times of increased tension. With the ability to be at their failsafe points
in an hour or less and to then loiter for months at a time, the SLAMs would effectively
make the use of SAC’s nuclear alert fleet obsolete- a good thing too because not only
were the bombers vulnerable to interception and their bases vulnerable to a nuclear first
strike, but the massive fuel consumption of maintaining bombers on twenty-four seven patrols
in the sky was creating a huge bill for the US Air Force. In time of increased international tension,
the US would respond by pre-launching a dozen SLAMs to begin their long-term alert patrols. The missiles would be launched by solid-fuel
booster rockets which would get the SLAM up to operational speed where its ramjet could
be kicked on, and then it would loiter in holding patterns over the Pacific Ocean and
the North Pole for months. As tensions mounted, more SLAMs could be put
in the air, and each SLAM could be equipped with either a single large warhead, or multiple
smaller warheads. In case of war each SLAM would ‘hit the deck’
and fly at speeds of Mach 3 as it penetrated the Soviet Union at treetop level. This would make them impossible to detect
with radar, and their incredible speed would make them impossible to shoot down even if
detected. This is where the truly evil genius of the
SLAM was realized though, as the reactors could be built so that they would irradiate
the incoming air. Thus a SLAM could deliver its payload to target
cities and then simply be ordered to fly around the Soviet Union in circles, spewing a trail
of radioactive death in its wake that would kill all living beings below it. With its incredibly low flight profile, the
supersonic shockwaves of the Mach 3 missile flying overhead at just above treetop height
would also kill people and destroy structures beneath it. Lastly, as it neared the end of its operational
lifetime after months of flying around irradiating the Soviet Union, it could then be ordered
to crash into a populated area or agricultural areas, where it would spread radioactive debris
over a huge swathe of land. Despite the feasibility of building such a
weapon, ultimately cooler heads prevailed and the SLAM was canceled completely. This cruise missile from hell proved to be
so devastating and outright evil that it was decided constructing them would be too great
a provocation for the Soviets to ignore, and it was feared that they would then build their
own. With the weapon being completely impossible
to defend against, the United States did not want to risk forcing the Soviet’s hands into
building their own SLAMs. Capable of not just delivering nuclear weapons
to their targets, but of then irradiating the surrounding countryside for months at
a time, SLAMs proved to be far more destructive and evil a weapon than even hydrogen bombs,
and it’s for all our good that though the US proved it could build them, it chose never
to do so. Yet in 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin
announced a major expansion of Russian nuclear capability, to include the use of nuclear-powered
missiles. Sadly it may seem that a fate we once thought
averted may ultimately befall us once more. Do you think weapons like the SLAM should
be banned? Let us know in the comments! And as always don’t forget to Like, Share,
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Reader Comments

  1. The first armed version of the US ICBM, the Atlas D, was declared operational in January 1959 at Vandenberg, although it had not yet flown. The first test flight was carried out on 9 July 1959,[7][8] and the missile was accepted for service on 1 September.

    Its not like they only had bombers before this.

  2. It's like laser weapons used in combat is also banned, well low powered wide beam lasers at least, as they could be used to blind a huge population area in seconds or a enemy army for that matter, and it could be mounted on almost anything, including satelites. Think about walking outside and from one moment to the next you blind and so is everyone else in the city….

  3. Also, you wouldn't think Area 51 isn't included here. They could be having an better and more super powerful missile waiting inside that could just be like this kind. With even different more aircraft waiting within to be order into action, plus they'er able to cover up better if test's goes wrong or mess up to make it better then any other countries have.

  4. So those b-52's armed with nukes happened to accidentally drop nukes on the USA and England and a bunch of other places.

    Did you know that?

  5. Russia's first foray into building their own version of the flying crowbar and they wind up using it against themselves. Russia built the best American weapon ever…

  6. Actually there was never a Soviet spy it’s just one of the manhattan project works was pro soviet and defected giving the secrets to the ussr

  7. "nuclear bombers on constant patrol" shows a B17, a plane that never had been planned to carry a nuclear weapon AND THEN LANCASTERS
    You really couldn't animate B52's and B47's?

  8. As far as i can tell the RAM engine would’ve worked well for the bombers and wouldn’t have torn them apart as long as the bomber wasn’t just a random that wasn’t built for the higher speeds, they just rejected it

  9. Such weapons should be banned but what would that do? Look at history to the point where the US government decided to bann alcohol. Did that help? No it made it worse

  10. nuclear ramjet sounds like a technology that would have been useful for much more than a nuke delivery system.

  11. All this talk about the Slams…. You do know that by this being public knowledge already, that means we already have highly classified replacements that are orders of magnitude more destructive and superior to the slams right?
    The Slams projects are now obsolete compared to what’s currently classified but nonetheless operational in the american military at the moment.

  12. I heard about the Russian's recent tragic accident of testing this nuke but didn't know, the US proposed it first way back when.

    This tells me how much the world fears US. From China and Russia's point of view, they are trying to deter the US. But all that is based upon each country's theme of how they think how counties should be ran, and who's influence will dominate who. Many countries have some sort of western influence, which bases their FEAR that the US is trying to "take over" the world. Because obviously, people love freedom…

    Most people love freedom, but with it, you lose absolute control over your citizens..

  13. Ah humans, where destroying each other is more of a concern than tryin to make this world we live in a better place.

  14. When do people realize that fighting against each other isn't worth it. Everyone will suffer from that. The money should be really used on technological advance and helping people. Wish nothing more than peace ❤️ ☮️

  15. This weapon should be banned indefinitely, It's far too capable of killing and ruining the genetic system of so many innocent people, We're talking up to about ''One million'' To maybe even ''One trillion'' Almost all the casualties would be innocent. It would probably even spread the radiation. to other countries like Mexico, Canada, (For the U.S) And Countries like Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland (via the Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the People's Republic of China and North Korea. (For Russia)

  16. Well this shows the Soviets, I mean Russian, are only 60+ years behind the US given Russia’s failure last week with the exploding test prototype mixed with Putin’s State of the Russian Union Address last winter. I’m not sure Vlad will even bother cleaning up his radioactive mess in the Urals after last weeks mishap. I do know they relocated over 16,000 civilians over the “accident”. This area will now become Farm Ground to be exported to there buddies

  17. You should rename this channel to
    The Info made-up graphics show.

    Ive checked several videos and cross checked with the power of google and if half or not more always wrong in almost every video.
    Where are you guys pulling your information? Out of a cereal box or what? And even in this video you including Nordic countries as the Soviet union how dense are your researchers? xD

    The only thing that carries this channel is the guy speaking nonsense and making it sound believable.

  18. As a weapon it would be great if it was banned but the engine would be great for getting things into space and the miniature self contained nuclear reactor could really help stop CO2 emissions.

  19. Bruh the soviet spies in the Manhattan project didn't contribute pretty much anything to the soviet nuclear program. The only reason the soviets wanted the Intel is so that the KGB could make sure their own spies weren't sabotaging the project.

  20. Sure this is an atomic powered missile, but what do you know about Project Orion – the space craft powered by hydrogen bombs? Or the "Fractal Orbital Bombardment System" of warheads designed to goin a direction NATO radars weren't looking…

  21. The awesome point in this narration that was explaimed was, "under the guise of discovery", because that is like most anything in space lol

  22. Whatever kind of government Russia has, short of a genuine democracy which is unlikely, they are still a threat to the Free World. Never trust the dwarf.

  23. If the teleportation technology will be perfected a new hybrid technology of Teleporting Nuclear weapons will be created and the supersonic nuclear warheads will be forgoten.

  24. I mean a quick google search suggests the Reactor wouldn't harm you if it just flew over.. : According to Dr. Theodore C. Merkle, the head of Project Pluto, in both his testimony to Congress and in a publication regarding the nuclear ramjet propulsion system, he reassures both Congress and the public of this fact.[3][4] Specifically, he states "The reactor radiations, while intense, do not lead to problems with personnel who happen to be under such a power plant passing overhead at flight speed even for very low altitudes."

  25. Your channel has more ads than any other channel… chill out or I’m going to start downvoting all your videos

  26. And Putin, is bragging He has a “nuclear” cruise that doesn’t work. The US did this 60 YEARS EARLIER, that WORKED. Who does Putin think he is DR. EVIL 🦹‍♀️ 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂😂🤣😂😂. Stay off the court only the “BIG BOYS” are allowed to play

  27. If such a weapon can be built, it inevitably will. Because if we don’t do it, the enemy will. And that’s why we will eventually destroy ourselves.


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